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. tonight we'll see the keynote, and then hear from first lady michelle obama. and with that ahead of us, let's go to our political team here in charlotte. four white house correspondents, current and former, beginning with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd down on the floor of the north carolina delegation. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. if the republican convention was all about trying to present mitt romney's softer side, the democratic convention has a different goal for the president. shoring up key parts of his voting coalition. tonight the target, hispanics and women. as workers inside the hall put finishing touches on the convention stage, democrats prepare to appeal to two key constituencies, women and hispanics, that favor the president but lack the enthusiasm they had for him four years ago. leading the charge on women, michelle obama. >> are you ready for this? >> reporter: in all, five of the prime time speakers tonight at the convention are women. charged with delivering tonight's official keynote address, julian castro, the 37-year-old
in with michele obama, a portion of michele obama's speech, what did you think of it? >> it was a great speech, it really was. so many personal anecdotes you could visualize. we were talking last week about how ann romney said a lot of great things about mitt romney but never gave you the visuals. john said it best. who in america are in that convention hall -- or in that convention hall watching the speech didn't get the image of a loving father struck with ms, seeing his two children sat the top of the stairs and fighting and struggling to get up those stairs to hug his children at the end of the day or fighting and struggling to get out of bad to go to work to give them a slice of the american dream. it was an absolutely fantastic speech. and the great line, absolutely loved the line, that being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are. >> very personal, very revealing but it also might have accomplished something in terms of touching on some key areas that might have needed some work, not that the president, you would think, had a problem with the women's vote. >> right
>>> the first lady front and center. michelle obama ready to seize the spotlight on night one of the democratic convention. >>> everything people own, look at that, left in heaps on the curb. exposing the true extent of damage from hurricane isaac. good morning to you. welcome to "early start". i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman in charlotte, north carolina live at the cnn grill. the convention gavels to order in the afternoon. then the party will spend the next three days trying to sell the message that we are, in fact, better off now than we were four years ago. they have had trouble with that one so far. they suggest they would have a better plan for the future. tonight's main attraction, first lady michelle obama and castro. cnn's dana bash joins me now. dana, you have inside information for the obama contain and what the goals are for these three days. >> first of all, they say they want to chrrystallize the visio. when you look at the economy between barack obama and mitt romney. and they're also going to talk about building a middleclass from the m
years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just about whether or not they should fire or hire again president obama. it's that it's going to be a choice. and this is really if you talk to any strategist of any party kind of the way you run an incumbent's re-election campaign. that it is a choice between the president and mitt romney. so they'll try to what they say is crystallize that choice between the two men. and they're also going to try to emphasize the fact that as president obama has been doing for months that they believe that the democratic party is the party for the middle class. and also talk about, they say, the accomplishments that they feel that the president hasn't gotten enough credit for, bailing out the auto industry. they believe the health care bill. they'll talk about t
underway here. the delegates buzzing about first lady michelle obama's speech last night. the energy is gearing up to former president bill clinton's speech tonight. you're right, the big news is the change of venue for president obama's acceptance speech tomorrow night. president obama arrived in the tarheel state a day before. the dnc decided to move the address inside the arena because of a possibility of severe thunderstorms. it was planned to be held outdoors at the bank of america stadium. >> it requires adjustments. 75,000 people were going to be there and 25,000 can be here. and i am sure that they have that figured out and they will do an excellent job with it. >> reporter: last week, bad weather forced republicans to change their convention schedule in florida. rnc cancelled most of the opening day program because of hurricane isaac. meanwhile, first lady michelle obama followed up her primetime speech last night with nighings today. >> find the nearest battleground state and find time there and can you make calls to your home to a battleground state. if can you afford it,
can count on. ♪ >>> this morning on "world news now," michelle obama wows the crowd in charlotte. the main event on opening night of the democratic national convention. >> our new poll numbers show the president needs some help keeping support among women. it's wednesday, september 5th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good wednesday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. >> i'm rob nelson. we'll have highlights of the first lady's speech and what our poll numbers show about the presidential race coming up in just a moment. >>> also this half-hour, important news about heart health from saving lives in an emergency to the silent killer putting so many americans at risk. >>> and then a revealing e-mail trail from michael jackson's final days. we have new evidence of a troubled artist spinning out of control. >>> also later this half-hour, the women of "the talk" promise to take it all off. don't get the wrong idea. talking about their makeup. the daytime hosts want to show the world that bare is beautiful. details coming up in "the skinny." >> what do you thi
michele obama will fire up the base. she'll be joined by julien castro the first hispanic american to give a keynote speech at a democratic convention. can they energize key groups, african-americans, hispanics, latinos and young people. they're coming to sit here in the rain. also virginia looms as one of the most important states this fall. both for president obama's re-election and the senate. who's going to control it. former governor tim kaine coming right here. he's the great hope of the democrats in that state. he'll be here later. let me finish with michele obama and the effect her words could have at this convention. this is "hardball," the place for politics. hey. hey eddie. i brought your stuff. you don't have to do this. yes i do. i want you to keep this. it'd be weird. take care. you too. [ sighs ] so how did it go? he's upset. [ male announcer ] spend less time at gas stations. with best in class fuel economy. it's our most innovative altima ever. ♪ get on e-trade. set up a real plan. frank! oh wow, you didn't win? i wanna show you something... it's my shocked face. [ gasps
callum. good morning to you. good morning everybody at home. first lady michelle obama headlines the democratic national convention last night. it was a big night for her. she stood in front of a crowd of faithfuls and basically said that the president needs another four years to finish the job. >> i see the concern in his eyes and i hear the determination in his voice as he tells me, you won't believe what these folks are going through, michelle. it's not right. we've got to keep working to fix this. we have so much more to do. [cheers and applause] [shouting]. bill: so already now we have reaction from the romney team saying in part, quote on the first night of president obama's convention not a single speaker uttered the words americans are better off now than they were four years ago. our country deserves real solutions an a plan to turn our economy around, end quote. bob cusack, managing editor of "the hill." let's get to romney's comment first. the speech last night, how did it play? >> bill i was in the arena. it played very well. brought down the house t was genuine. at the same time ve
headlines out of charlotte. first lady michelle obama speaking to the party faithful last night. bill clinton is tonight's headliner. we'll go to north carolina and check in with john harwood in a moment. >>> first, nfl kickoff, the giants and cowboys play tonight but the real game is on "squawk" this morning. we'll talk big business of the pigskin with the top nfl executive, mark wal erwaller at eastern time. and exclusive interview with indra nooyi from pepsico. and we'll talk to the owner of the new york jets, woody johnson at 7:15 eastern. and we have the owners of the cowboys and the giants, they will be live together at :15 eastern time. jerry jones and steve tisch in a "squawk box" exclusive. let's start with the top headlines, andrew. >>> let's talk facebook. it's promising not to sell stock to cover a $2 billion tax bill. it says it will cover that with existing cash and borrowing from credit facilities. as a result of the move, total outstanding shares will be reduced by 1.5 million shares. the company spinning it as a equivalent of buy back. the company disclosing rank and
president is awesome. when michelle obama takes center stage she will have a huge task to fulfill to convince america the country is better off because of her man. she is one of the biggest assets to her husband's campaign. they're to pique the interest of those supporters who might be wavering. >> barack is so, the level-headedness that you see is -- is real. >> reporter: and then there is ann romney. >> i love you, women! >> reporter: from the spotlight in tampa last week she went straight for that female vote. painting a primetime picture of her husband as a lovable, likable guy. not just that, she defended her husband against those attacks on his record at bain capital. >> i can tell you mitt romney was not handed success. he built it! [ cheers ] >> reporter: on the eve of the democratic convention in charlotte, the focus will soon be on one man, but right now it is all about the lady. >> could she help him win? >> i think strong women will help a man win, absolutely. >> reporter: down here on the convention floor, the preparations are under way. the stage where michelle obama
, the obama camp hoping she can once again prove to be a positive force for his campaign. >> michelle obama on a dry run of the stage she's set to speak from tonight. the first lady slated to headline the dnc's opening night is expected to provide a personal touch when speaking about her husband. >> michelle obama's speech will be as important as the presidents because michelle obama is the most popular thing about the white house and she is what a lot of independent voters still love about the white house. it's her. >> as the dnc prepared to get under way in north carolina monday, republican vice president shall nominee gpaul silvi ryans campaigning a couple hundred miles away in the same state. >> a change is clear. the differences is no matter what they say in charlotte this week, we know that when we look at the results, people are not better off than they were before. >> that question now driving the political back and forth. are you better off than you were four years ago? >> you want to know whether we're better off? i've got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead a
gave himself and incomplete. we take that appear tonight. also at the convention, pursley michele obama tonight with a full on speech about her ambitions for another four years. can the democrats make an effective case for four more years in white the white house? the author of the best-selling book, aaron klein joins us. he is the author of "fool me twice." glad blakeman joining us as well. nancy pelosi stands idly by. all of that here tonight and more. one of the most important questions facing voters this year is has the president delivered on his promises to the american people. president obama himself refusing to give his performance on the economy a letter grade. as the national debt today hits $16 trillion. the president, settling instead for incomplete. the third time in as many years that he is offered that assessment. and a serious change in tone from four years ago when senator obama told voters that he knew he had only one term to turn things around. >> one nice thing about the situation i find myself in is that i will be held accountable. i have for years. a year from now c
michelle obama, first lady, very different take. let's watch. >> barack knows the american dream because he's lived it. and he wants everyone in this country, everyone, to have the same opportunity no matter what we are or where we are from or what we look like or who we love. and he believes that when you worked hard and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. month, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed. >> the role of government plays in providing opportunity. let's watch him. >> the american dream is not a sprint. or even a marathon. it is a relay. our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. but each generation passes on to the next, fruits of their labor. my grandmother never owned a house. she cleaned other people's houses so she could afford to rent her own. but she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. and my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, i could hold this mick phone. >> congresswoman,
motors is alive! >> in charlotte, michelle obama checked out the convention hall where she speaks tomorrow night. outside democrats gathered and debated what barack obama ought to emphasize. >> bin laden and all of this, as far as health care, trying to change it. he stepped in a mess. it wasn't him that created it. >> i think he needs to shoot holes in what romney is going around mouthing off about. >> mitt romney's runningmate, paul ryan came to north carolina, claiming the president cannot run on his record. >> he can't tell you that you're belter off, simply put, the jimmy carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are right now. >> romney took the day off, boating at his home in new hampshire. a new gallop poll find romney got no boost from voters from his convention. like the republicans, the democrats are running a three-day convention, not four. like last week this one will climax on thursday night in primetime, jessica. with president obama's acceptance speech. >> steve, at the last convention before he, he became president, before he be came president,
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. as their convention kicks off in charlotte. >> first lady michelle obama will be the headliner on the first night at the convention. >> this whole idea of folks better off now than they were four years ago, that's the central question to the election. >> the president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off. >> you want to know whether you're better off? i got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. >>> a massive wildfire raging right now in southern california. >> only 5% contained. the fire has burned 3,600 acres. >> i don't want this place to burn up. >> it has been one week since isaac slammed into the gulf coast, and still tens of thousands are in the dark. >> president obama visited a parish hit hard by hurricane isaac on monday. >> democrat or republican, we're all just americans looking out for one another. >> a close call for a homeowner. a moose attacked him. >> scared the crap out of me. do not jump on my car, mr. moose. >> you add in a bulldozer in a very crowded parking lot, angry by-standers, an
with the prime time speech from first lady michelle obama. we're here live. >>> republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan joins us to talk about where he thinks the presidential race is headed and chris sichl that he played fast and loose with the truth. >>> out and about. the prince makes his first public appearance since those naked las vegas pictures surfaced and poked fun at himself. but it was a cheeky 6-year-old who nearly stole the show. >>> the gentle giant, michael clarke duncan, oscar nominated star of "the green mile" died after a heart attack. tributes are pouring in from some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, some of hollywood's biggest names today, tuesday, september 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" tuesday morning, i'm savannah guthrie in charlotte, north carolina. >> i'm matt lauer in new york. savannah, republicans had their moment in the spotlight last week. starting today, down there in charlotte, the democrats will try to grab some of that spotlight for themselves. >> that's right. this conve
and former governor tim kaine. first lady michelle obama is also taking the stage tonight. president obama wraps up his road to charlotte tour today in virginia. he will speak at norfolk state university. the president was in the common wealth last week. he appeared in charlottesville as part of a tour of college towns in battleground states. recent polls show him slightly ahead of mitt romney in virginia. romney though narrow that margin. >>> some of the speakers at the dr dnc may offer new insight as to how romney does business. the employees from bain capital will talk about how the private equity world works and more specifically how bain capital was run while romney was ceo. >> if you are willing to work with me. >> if you're willing to work everybody harder in this election. then i promise, i promise you, i promise you change will come. >> republicans are launching this web ad to hammer home their point this country is worse off now than it was when president obama took office. republican national committee is also launching a website called obama isn't working. it features articles
of the white house and a big good-looking group behind first lady michelle obama and the president and joe biden adds well. these are the u.s. olympic and paralympic athletes, and i have one question, is michelle obama going to challenge them to a push-up contest? we will be right back. to get detailed stock quotes to voice recognition. e-trade leads the way in wherever, whenever investing. download the ultimate in mobile investing apps, free, at e-trade. ♪ but between check-ups, it goes through a lot. ♪ tartar builds and that feeling fades. with new listerine® ultraclean™, you can keep it dentist clean. it's the only mouthwash with proven tartar control and new everfresh™ technology for a powerful dentist clean feeling up to 3x longer. ahhhhhhhh. [ male announcer ] keep your mouth dentist clean with new listerine® ultraclean™. power to your mouth™. to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs without enough college graduates to fill them. that's why at devry university, we're teamin
time here getting used to it. >> reporter: the focus tonight will be on first lady michelle obama. democrats hope her popularity will draw on the fence voters. >> she'll tell the story of what he's done for this country and how she's been with him and seen him take these swift actions to help restore economic security. >> reporter: vice president biden arrives today. the president campaigning in norfolk today arrives wednesday. also today, delegates will show the party's platform, abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and extending tax breaks only for the middle class. tracie potts, nbc news, charlotte, north carolina. >> thank you, tracie. >>> coming up, yes, you do pay more for them, but the question is are they really better for you? we'll have the results of a new stanford study on the benefits of organic foods. you may want to change your shopping habits after this. >> reporter: bob redell live in the south bay. fresh from london. a couple of the men, u.s. gymnastics members of the team. we'll tell you what brings them here to san jose. that story coming up. >>> apple sets the
decision. michelle obama says obesity is a national security threat to just yesterday. >> number one greatest national security threat is obesity. >> absolutely. the number one paying ages 17 through 24 qualifying for the military is obesity. it is a security issue for the country. lou: she made similar comments this to think we are safer now after boating to ban large so does in movie theaters and restaurants? although there are other threats perhaps more deserving of our officials time. but the self-described lower class are growing. nearly one-third of americans describe themselves as being the lower class. also for those who don't have a bank accounts up from 9 million from three years ago. the reason is people don't have enough money. up next if the president redefines the key term but beyond state department contradicts. the politics of the middle east. the "a team" if there ever were one. lou: joining us now the "a team" fox news contributor monica crowley. fox news political strategist monica mcglowan. and judith miller. the white house walking back discussion parsing of the
of xcompetitive people. one person in the entire circle more competitive than him and that's michelle obama. this is someone who wants to win and gets very fired up. >> she doesn't come off that way. >> believe me, she wants to win even more badly than he does. >> you've written two books on president obama. you did "renegade" all about the campaign and then you did did "revival" the first two years of the presidency. how did you come to do those books? >> well, what's that woody allen line about09% of life is just showing up? i showed up. i showed up from springfield, illinois, all the way through to the end of the obama campaign on election night four years ago and, you know, you build up relationships and experiences and a perspective and so there were surprisingly few people who followed the whole journey. you couldn't understand the campaign unless were you in iowa in 2007 and i was and so that it self led to the first book and i thought the first book, the campaign was one thing but governing had proved so difficult and such a challenge. a fundamental challenge not just because of the
guidelines supported by michelle obama. guidelines are designed to fight obesity but students in kansas are rebelling fighting back with music video. what is going on? jim avila has the story. >> reporter: it's a lunchroom revolt. >> students and teachers at this high school creating a viral video protesting the new calorie cutting menus in their calf tear yeah. they say they are not getting enough to eat. ♪ >> their complaints, new school lunch guidelines rolled out, limited calories to fight the obesity epidemic among the youth. they restricted elementary schoolers to 650 calories, 750 middle schoolers and 850 for high school students. now, half of each plate must be filled with vegetables and fruit plus milk or a fruit smoothie on every tray. on some schools the amount of food thrown out is shocking. this month we visited a school in suburban chicago where high schoolers analyzed the weight. 46 boxes of pears. all that were served were thrown away. >> there is a 50% increase in lunchroom trash. >> they say the new menus are working in some schools and the rules are long overdue. >>
messenger michelle obama checked out the arena this afternoon in advance of her speech tomorrow night. other key speakers include san antonio's mayor castro, massachusetts candidate elizabeth warren and former president bill clinton. all have their remarks aimed at key democratic constituencies. >> the obama campaign got another convention headache earlier this morning when the chairman of the california democratic party publicly compared paul ryan to nazi propagandaist joseph goebbels. the romney campaign took offense and called for a full repudiation of the remarks. the obama campaign did repudiate the remarks but did not call on mr. burton the chairman of the california party to resign. kate? >> chuck todd in north carolina tonight. >>> president obama spent this holiday on the campaign trail with a stop in a key swing state today before moving on to see flood damage in louisiana. kristen welker is traveling with the president and joins us from new orleans. good evening, kristen. >> reporter: good evening, kate. we are in new orleans where president obama took a detour from the campaign t
are stars of the party such as fist lady michelle obama and former president bill clinton. challenger will spend the week preparing for debates with president obama that of course is governor romney. those debates are scheduled for it. back to you. >> thank you so much kelly. it is time to brew on this at the as the democratic national convention gets underway the debate centering on one question. are you bert oe better off toda you were four years ago? >> we are getter off in the sense that when this president took office the quarter before he took office was the worst quarter this country had eek nomcally since the great depression and we are in a different place 29 straight months of job growth, 4.5 million private sector jobs. are we where we need to be? no. for three-days they never offered anybody a plausible alternative. he spoke 45 minutes and never offered any real ideas for how to move the economy forward for how to lift the middle class and i think his convention was a terrible failure. >> romney campaign issuing this statement in response to those comments quote on the sa
, a brand-new home. a brand-new set. first lady michelle obama is your first guest? >> the first lady is the first guest for the whole show. i'm so excited. >> wonderful. we're going to get to that in just a second. but today, you're starting with zucchini fritters. >> fritters is great dish because you can serve them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and put in all of your fall things. i have zucchini that i shredded or you can use butternut squash. >> any single vegetable? >> one of flour, one teaspoon of baking powder. whisk together a cup of milk and one egg. and just you throw anything you like in there. we have herbs like mint, parsley and basil. a little parm cheese, zucchini, oni onion, it gets thrown in there. beat that baby. you need a pro. >> okay. >> you just throw that together and that's your base. then you can add your base whatever you like, like zucchini. i have a batter down. one cup flour. one egg. very, very simple. >> okay. >> then you shallow fry your batter in a little olive oil. and they're loosey-goosey. you cook them a couple minutes. >> they glob together? >>
%. >>> from the woman who wants to be first lady to the woman who already has the job, michelle obama has supported a plan that would reduce calories in school lunches. now there's some kids that are criticizing that government & program on new school lunch regulations. as sharyl attkisson reports, a popular protest video is now burning up the internet. ♪ my friends are at the corner store getting junk so they don't waste away. >> reporter: they bothered the hit song "we are young" but wrote the lyrics to voice their complaints. ♪ we are hungry >> reporter: the you toub video shows volleyball players collapsing and students stuffing their lockers with junk food. their message, they're hungry. >> this is a great product of small town students and teachers. >> reporter: tim huelskamp is also concerned. kindergarten through 5th grade is 650, 9 through 12 850 calories. >> reporter: the new rules are the first major overhaul of school years in 15 years pushed by first lady michelle obama. >> we're going to dramatically improve the quality of the food we offer in schools. >> reporter: schoo
to marry michelle obama. [ applause and cheers ] >> after the speech, a surprise appearance by president obama, "surprise" being relative. then the roll call of states. we'll have much more on last night's big speech coming up in a live report in a few minutes. >>> the secret service is investigating the reported theft of mitt romney's federal tax records. a letter sent to a tennessee political office and newspaper claims to have these papers and demanded a $1 million ransom to not release them. but romney's accounting firm says there is no evidence of his returns being stolen. >>> new this morning, the german man facing first-degree murder charges for the death of his socialite wife will be back in court for a mental status hearing. the doctors say he is now competent to stand trial. prosecutors say he beat and then strangled 91-year-old viola drath in her georgetown home. his case is on hold because of his behavior since his arrest. >>> your chance to weigh in on how much you pay to drive on the dulles toll road. today the metropolitan washington airports authority will hold the first
of things i would be listening for. finally, he has to bring the heart we saw michelle obama touch on. 2008, he was this candidate that in spired so much passion in people. that has waned is an understatement in four years, some people feel bitterly disappointed. can he reconnect and resell that brand and make people have that crush on him again they had in 2008. >> oh, the crush on obama. we'll look for those three points. we'll look for you as well, part of our primetime coverage of the democratic national convention. the whole thing kicks off 7:00 eastern, wolf blitzer, anderson cooper, the rest of cnn's political team. and 10:00 is the hour in which the president will officially accept his party's nomination for re-election. at midnight, piers morgan will put a wrap on the 2012 dnc for us on cnn. i will be watching. i hope you will be as well. >>> i want to take you back to mitt romney. moments ago he spoke about the democratic national convention. >> i think it will be interesting to listen to the president tonight. what i'd like him to do is report on his promises, but there are forgo
michelle obama and distinguished speakers cor cory booker, jimmy carter, charlie crist and white house chief of staff rahm emanuel and kathleen seb bell why yous sebe the queen city in the spotlight. they say as much as $200 million will be pumped into the economy here at a time when you need it. 7 weeks worth of work putting in high-tech screens so the convention bb streamed live over the internet. it will be translated into spanish. all those who have an interest in what the democrats have to say here in charlotte will be able to follow it live almost anyway they want. >> world will be able to see one of the great gems of the city. i know it is gearing up in another way, security. >> that is absolutely correct. we have seen tightening up of security. we have seen police on the beat barricades going up and no parking signs as well. people have been asked to be patient recognizing that with such a high profile vip event coming into the city it will take a little longer to get around. we are guaranteed there are unseen security measures as well. we are told federal state and local law e
convention speeches and maybe not the best convention speech of the week, a distinction michelle obama or president clinton could make. because of realities, the president decided that had to trump soaring rhetoric. >> madam chairwoman, delegates, i accept your nomination for president of the united states. >> reporter: facing the political fight of his life, the 44th president of the united states made the case for his re-election, asking americans to stick with him for another four years despite tough economic times. >> our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place, and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> reporter: four years later the president felt he had to appeal to voters exhausted by the tone of american politics. >> i know campaigns may seem small, even sill sly sometimes. trivial things become big attractions. if you're sick of me approving this message, believe me, so am i. >> reporter: but obama pulled no punches when it came to his republican rival. his references to opponent turned him into a pun
and french fries has a lot of calories. i would still go there, but not often. even michele obama chows down on the cheeseburger every now and then.
. this has huge political implications as it comes after first lady michelle obama speaks to the dnc. there is a huge economic warning signal being made here. number one, $16 trillion worth of debt which means we owe more than our economy produces in any one year. our debt is bigger than our economy. secondly, we're now going to be paying close to $10 billion a week in interest alone. about a half trillion a year. 10 billion a week. up from nine billion last year. and about a quarter of that interest will be paid to foreigners. it will go out of the country. japan, china, britain, they're the three major holders of our debt. they all get about a quarter of all of this interest that is flowing and it will flow out of the country. so political impact, and a big economic danger signal too, martha. martha: we know, it was a huge focus of the rnc last week in tampa. big debt clock that loomed over the proceedings there. you simply don't hear much though about the debt from president obama. do you expect we'll hear hear anything about it at all this week? >> very little because it is a big
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